The Flyer’s Euphoria Ends

The Flyer’s euphoria ends in a 5-2 defeat in Pittsburgh. All things were bright and shiny for the Philadelphia Flyers who were riding the crest of the first two back-to-back road shutouts in franchise history. The home Penguins would be missing their leader, Sidney Crosby.

If you threw out the Boston defeats, Philly came in riding an 11-2 record against the rest. The downside? Despite coming off a shut-out, the suddenly mortal Carter Hart has allowed four or more goals in 12 appearances. Factor in, for the first time in nearly a full year, actual people would be in the building.

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The Flyers shutout string would continue into and beyond the first period. With 2:32 played in the second stanza, Joel Farabee would get the visitors on the board. Finally, all good things come to an end, and after 143:39 or shut-out time, Kasper Kopanen put Pittsburgh on the board to knot it up at 1-1.

Five minutes later, Kopanen did it again and Pittsburgh was taking charge. Bryan Rust pushed it to 3-1 less than two minutes later and the second closed with that score. Farabee added a second at the 11:00 mark of the third and it appeared the dogfight was on.

The battle lasted all of 1:03 when former Flyer, Mark Friedman aided in a Codi Ceci tally that put the Pens up by two at 4-2. Mike Matheson added his second of the season to salt this one away, 5-2. Philadelphia had a huge edge in shots at 42-27. The Flyer’s euphoria ends in a 5-2 defeat in Pittsburgh.

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Kevin Neibauer
Kevin Neibauer

Kevin has followed and promoted the game of lacrosse since May 19, 1974.
The same day the Philadelphia Flyers won the Cup, the Philadelphia Wings were introduced to Neibauer and Philadelphia.

Kevin has covered many sports, including baseball, football, basketball, and.. lacrosse. A former licensed football referee and baseball umpire, Kevin brings a unique insight to his game coverage.

A published writer in JustHockey Magazine, Kevin covered the American Hockey League as well as a monthly story on a pugilist where Kevin used the pen name, The Rink Rat. Neibauer turned his attentions to lacrosse for a few years and does his part, whether podcasting or writing to grow the game. Kevin branched out to his roots and currently provides insight for all Philadelphia teams for Edge of Philly as well as his full-time duties with LaxPhilly.

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